03 September 2011

A Busy Week

We've had a big week here indeed!

And I'm going to tell you all about it, so this is going to be a wordy post.

First up, we celebrated the end of the month of Ramadhan on Tuesday. For those not in the know, Ramadhan in the Moslem holy month of fast, when Moslems abstain from food, drink and naughty things and remind ourselves of virtues we may have forgotten as the year progressed. Now I have to admit I tend to struggle a little at this time every year, I'm always so HUNGRY, but we persevere, and with some patience and a sprinkle of faith, all ends very well.

Cookies and cakes accumulated!
When the month ends, we celebrate. And I tell you, Malaysian's celebrate like there's no tomorrow. We get 2 days of public holiday just for Eid. The custom here (like in China so I've heard) is that there is a mass exodus from the cities to the villages. Families gather to:
  • feast!
  • forgive
  • catch up with all the gossip
  • visit relatives we haven't seen in a year, or years
  • discover distant cousins we didn't know existed
  • guess which child belonged to which relative (children grow so quickly these days!)
  • marvel at how fat cousins have become (well, mine anyway)
  • etc etc (you get the picture).
And if they're anything like my family, there'll be a fair amount of quarrel in between all that too, hee. 

So that's exactly what we did, Yummy Hubby and me. We went all the way down to Singapore, then made our way back up to Kuala Lumpur... 

Source
... visiting families and handing out money packets to little children (another custom - one I most looked forward to as a child and least look forward to now, for obvious reasons, eheh) along the way.

Money packets
I should also say that en route I got attacked by this fierce creature in Malacca:

Angry bird!

And I have a bruise on my stomach to prove it. I must say I will Never play the Angry Bird game the same again! 

So to continue with our busy week, we also had our Merdeka Day aka Independence Day on the 31st - I wrote about this last year here.  And that gave us an extra public holiday, bringing the official Malaysian total to 3 this week. So most people and employers had the ENTIRE WEEK off! 

Simply amazing, isn't it? 

Yummy Hubby thinks it's ridiculous and keeps asking me what other country on earth shuts down like this.

But of course I'm not complaining, ehehee!

Anyways, as you can imagine, not much sewing got done lately. I did manage to get all my pink blocks done for my New Project before the holidays, and even started on the blue.


I suppose my Singer deserved the rest, and I made sure to oil it well before we left for our trip. Can't wait to get to it soon!

But for now, to all Moslems, Happy Eid!

And to all Malaysians, hope it's not too late to wish you happy holidays!

5 comments:

Mila@Rimbun said...

Selamat hari raya to you too Zara

MamaDaniel said...

Selamat Hari Raya Zara.. :)
Angry bird must surely thought that you are going to cook rendang out of him! ahaks! Semoga lebam itu cepat hilang...

Rosh said...

Selamat Hari Raya, Zara. Maaf Zahir & Batin. Take care ya. Ridiculous kn to have a long break but I like it... tu pon rasa mcm tak cukup jer... hehehe..;D

Zara said...

Hullo girls!

Thanks for the wishes - muah!

An Aspiring Writer said...

Zara,

good to see you end the raya note with another sewing project! i can't wait to start mine- miss my Singer rendesvous too!